The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Wow, I just am blown away by this book it’s so candid and stark in the way it tells the story of Lale and Gita and about what they went through. It was interesting to read about Lale and how he made it through each day and how his thoughts were compartmentalized to just survive every day. I am overwhelmed with sadness as I always am when I read stories about the Holocaust. For some reason I am drawn to the stories I feel that when I read them I am keeping my eyes open and refusing to be ignorant of the number of cruelty humans can inflict on one another and the lengths they will go to, to survive. I believe reading this book helped me to not pass judgment on those that had to work alongside the Germans as I have in the past when hearing of their stories I’m so quick to say I couldn’t do that but unless you are there in the situation how can you say for sure. This book will make you think, make you cry, make you sick and make you angry but there are lessons to be learned.

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The lost man by jane harper

i always get worried when a book has a lot of hype which this book certainly does ,but i really enjoyed this book the reason i gave it four stars instead of five was because of the slow build up it took me a while to get into the story and i found myself reading the same lines four or five times over if i didn’t have my mind completely focused on reading at the time .

However, that being said this book builds slowly heats up nicely and doesn’t leave you hanging at the end. i was surprised that an Australian, outback desert themed novel could be interesting to me or have any type of thrill, suspense or mystery boy was i wrong. This book is not usually in the genre that i would read i love fiction but out west type stories, I’m not really into whatsoever.

The characters were well developed and not as predictable as i was expecting, i had sort of typecast them in my mind before i started the book but they really pushed the boundaries in a good way .i loved the wisdom and insight that the younger characters brought to this story it was refreshing to see younger characters have a sharper wit and quicker uptake, proving that kids can be observant and resourceful and not to count them out. The lost man was my first jane harper book but it certainly won’t be the last.

Great expectations

CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS 

In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.(plot summary written by goodreads)

Oddly enough this was my second attempt at reading Great Expectations .My first attempt was a couple of years back and at that time i kept putting it down because it wasn’t keeping my interest every time i would go to pick it up again i just couldn’t get back into it so i gave up. .I’m glad i gave this book a second chance i just want to say that i don’t think that the book was bad and that’s why i couldn’t get into it before i just think i wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it .

I’m really fond of saying that i enjoy books that  i read but this one i immensely enjoyed and will add it to my list of favorites . i like alot of  books and enjoy most of the books that i read but the list of my favorite books is short .Dickens way of developing the characters in this story was really well done .Each one represented the best and worst sides of human nature. In regards to the story and characters who i liked and didnt like i jotted down some jumbled up thoughts as i read further into the story .  Here is where it might be considered a bit of a spoiler alert .

I felt remorse for Pip because he made so many wrong choices , i felt like i could understand him in some way with regard to wanting to get out of the world you live in and wanting what someone else might have to live a more glamorous lifestyle . The problem with Pip was that he wanted these things and neglected his family and was ashamed of them because they were not as rich or learned as others he admired .Pip learned a hard lesson many of them in fact through out this book and it was good to see him grow up and start to realize that what he had all along the boring common life was the best thing for him. 

i have to touch on the contrast between the relationships of Ms Havisham and Estella and Mr.Wemmick and the aged Mr.Wemmick’s father .Ms Havisham taught Estella how to hate and mistrust and to mistreat men because she herself had been mistreated . I was more than surprised when in one part of the book Ms Havisham is shocked to learn that Estella does not love her and almost seems like she cannot love . How can she expect Estella to know how to love when she never taught her how . Mr .Wemmick and the aged relationship was so sweet and cute Mr.Wemmick looking after his father was probably the most touching in the whole story . If i had to pick a favorite character besides Herbert  it would be Mr.Wemmick because of his tough exterior when he is at work in the city with Mr.jaggers .I could relate to him wanting to keep work and home separate and to have his home be an inaccessible sanctuary so much so that there was a moat and drawbridge . You can really telll that Mr. Wemmick loved his father and his father loved him. 

I enjoyed reading about Joe he was humble and quiet but was one of those characters in any story that surprisingly sneaks up on you in the end and just saves the day out of nowhere for Pip to have blown his money and gone into debt after wanting to be so much more in the world . To have joe always there until the end but always put aside in Pips treatment of him only to come through in the end was genius and it had me feeling quite smug even though i had no part in it . I was happy that joe got the happy ending he deserved his marriage to Pip’s sister was rough even though she didn’t deserve the end she was given  she was one of my least favorite characters .Pip might have or might not turned out differently if she had raised him by love instead of by hand.  Olrick and Mr.jaggers also make my list of disliked characters even though i know there were necessary to the development of the story along with Mr.Wopsle because he claimed to know it all and to be all but didn’t know anything and was still about being annoying even after you would have thought he was put into his place towards the end. 

My thoughts on the convict are pretty short he was dealt a bad hand in life from the beginning and i did pity him for that much of it .After that my pity died away and then came back when he died. I liked that he tried to give Pip a better life than he had and that he meant well even if his choices weren’t the best he had plenty of second chances and he tried his best so i cant fault him for that. Mr.jaggers was a con man plain and simple he tried to pass off all his actions as if it was for the good of others but i still believe that i was was only for the good of his pockets that he did anything for anyone which isn’t really a crime because i suppose you could say its only human or a strong need to survive  but i didn’t like him making excuses for it .Mr.Jaggers was an honest dishonest crook.

I have to touch on the fact that this book had a web of characters all connected to each other in some way and I enjoyed Dickens letting out the information a bit at time for you to connect the dots to how this person knew or related to this person their actions having a direct impact on another character years down the line and watching it unfold . after a point when a new character was introduced and they started becoming more involved in the story i tried to start guessing in what way they were connected and what they had done in the past . It made reading this book more fun.

Dickens wrote this story brilliantly and tied the end of each chapter and then the whole book in a neat little bow all my questions were answered and all characters dispatched to the rest of their lives with endings i could agree and live with . i highly recommend this  book .

Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo

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After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.<-(written by Goodreads)

SOME SPOILERS

It took me a while to finish this book just because it was  a slow beginning to the story .Once the story started picking up it was easier to get into .I was happy with the majority of this book but get aggravated when there is a senseless meaningful death in a story that doesn’t need it . I didn’t think that Mathias had to do die and I found it unrealistic that if a plague was breaking out all over the city that some green member from his old group would track him down and kill him even if the boy was told all these awful things about Mathias it would have made more sense to have him killed by and old friend who felt betrayed by Mathias switching sides .

I was happy with the rest of the outcome of the story each persons story and problem was solved in a way that was satisfying to me and the ending didn’t feel rushed or forced so I really got sucked into the book when people started getting there just desserts . I’m not sure if there is supposed to be a third book which I’m guessing they could make it into an update book of what everyone was up to or turn it into another story where the team faced all types of trouble for what they did in the second book like the tide makers I would like to hear more from them and to see if Pekka Rollins really stays hidden away. Either way good book over all .

Library book haul 


I went to the library a few weeks ago when I got back from my vacation in Florida . I picked up 

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Eleanor and park by Rainbow Rowell
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Ready player one by Ernest Cline 

I started reading 1984 first because I have always heard about this book and loved the concept of it but I am struggling to push through the first chapter blues . I always seem to have that problem with books that were written earlier than books  that have been published recently . I’m hoping to be able to get into the book more . I might have to put it to the side and start on Crooked Kingdom because I read Sox of Crows and loved it and I have been looking forward to the sequel . Any one else have that trouble with older books ? Well that’s it for now thanks guys 🙂 

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

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DOMINO: A runaway with blood on her hands.

CAIN: A silent boy about to explode.

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind.

Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.   Plot written by Goodreads

I received  this book in exchange for my honest review by Netgalley .

I was surprised by how smooth this book read it made for very good reading .I liked the idea of the story I thought it was unique and hasn’t been done before by any other author I have read or any book I have heard about .While I liked the story I was just left wanting more for the characters back stories and what drove them the only real back story that was in depth enough for me was Cain . I also really liked Wilson even though I feel like it might be creepy for me to because he was a bit creepy .Wilson made up for things that Domino lacked like a fun side and sense of humor however sadistic that sense of humor was .

The madam was a particular quiet type of evil that gave me the chills and gave my goosebumps but I liked her because I thought that the person she was and the way she behaved made sense .I couldn’t feel connected to the situation at the madams house because most of the girls seemed genuinely happy to be there so it was hard to feel sympathy for characters that are content even if it was seemingly out of fear .Overall I did like this book because it sucked me in from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down .Thanks again Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book .

 

 

Raging Star (Dustlands 3 ) Moira Young

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Her passion kept them alive. Now it may destroy them all.

Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo…until she meets him and finds herself drawn to the man and his vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to build a stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The young and the healthy. Under his control.

Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Presumed dead, he’s gone undercover, feeding Saba crucial information in secret meetings. Saba hides her connection with DeMalo and commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, and her sister, Emmi, Saba leads a small guerilla band against the settlers and the Tonton militia. But the odds are overwhelming. Saba knows how to fight—she’s not called the Angel of Death for nothing. But what can she do when the fight cannot be won? Then DeMalo offers Saba a chance—a seductive chance she may not be able to refuse. How much will she sacrifice to save the people she loves?

The road has never been more dangerous, and betrayal lurks in the most unexpected places in the breathtaking conclusion to the Dust Lands Trilogy.   *Plot written by Goodreads

     ******      ALOT   OF   SPOILERS   !!!!      ******

BEWARE!!!

 

Raging Star has me conflicted and upset . I would be happier if Saba had become more stable in her choices and the things that she did. The things that bothered me most was the fact that Saba never grew out of the stage  of not knowing what to do even at the end when she chased after Jack it felt more as though she was going after him because the author wrote that they would be together not because Saba herself had grown in understanding with jack he was barely in the book as a whole so I didn’t see that growth and change in the relationship as much as I saw a growth and change in her and  Tommos relationship.I enjoyed seeing Tommo growing and changing and excepting Saba as she was.

I had a problem with Demalo  being Tommos father the one connection some readers could have had with a father being absent or dead just went right out the window I liked the mystery and how I felt about Tommo dealing with it and seeing Ike as his father .Ike became his father and that was that and I enjoyed that loyalty . I have issues with the fact that both Lugh and Emmi  both died just like that with a snap of a finger it made me upset because we were  just starting to  get to know  Emmi and who she was becoming . I was happy with seeing her thoughts and her growing up I understand maybe the sadness and the unfairness of her death because she was young and her life was robbed from her .But I didn’t feel sad even though she was one of my favorite characters because we never got to know her she was just represented as what the other character’s thought of her .Emmi  and Lughs death were not necessary it didn’t make Saba stronger nor did it break her down and then bring her back up she just stayed the same .

 

The way that Demalo died  is bothering me as well .Saba took a rock and bashed him over the head ,that’s it ??? All the trouble he caused her the deaths of her brother and sister and that’s it ? If your not going to at least grieve over your family get your proper revenge by really making him pay ! Also he was supposed to be this great scary fearful man that was taken down by a rock? I get the whole we are the mountain phrase the author kept having Saba say but it really irked me unless it was supposed to be a cruel twist of irony  . Maybe I’m too picky , I really loved the  first book the second book was alright and this one was just ok. I’m disappointed .The part I enjoyed most in this book was the sections where the readers could read the thoughts and actions of the others in Sabas group and try to figure out who was the one trying to betray Saba .Other than that I was hoping for much more in  a conclusion book of a series . Maybe I expect too much ?

 

 

Rebel Heart by Moira Young (Dustlands #2)

bloodredroad2Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?(plot written by Goodreads)

If I could write this review in one word it would be wow .I’m so surprised by this book the plot twists and betrayals left me with my mouth hanging open and yelling in frustration and confusion . I was happy before I read this book now I am in a mini book hangover state . I placed my trust in this author everything I though I knew was blown apart .What an amazing thrill ride .Thankfully I checked the 3rd book out of the library so I am on to read that now to hopefully get more answers . I cant live like this:) Don’t get me wrong I loved this book 🙂

House of many ways by Diana Wynne Jones

When Charmain is sent to look after Great-Uncle William’s house while he is away being cured by the elves, she is unprepared for the house itself. But she is prepared for reading–and that makes her indispensable to the Wizard Howl, in this sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle.      (plot written by Goodreads)house-of-many-ways

This book was the perfect ending to the series of the Howls moving castle books . I loved this book because of the dark and light hearted balance of this book. I in love with the writing style of this author .House of many ways kept me in suspense and the story was interesting it started off slow for a couple chapters building the story but it flowed nicely afterward .I wish there were more books featuring Howl ,Sophie and Calcifer . These book feed the sense of adventure and magic that I like to explore when reading books that contain  fantasy and magic . I really liked the characters  Waif ,Charmain and the wizard great uncle William . I related to  the character of Charmain  because of her love of books .Charmain is feisty and doesn’t take any nonsense .  I am happy with how the book turned out .I am looking forward to reading more of Diana’s work .I give this 5 stars .

Castle in the air by Diana Wynne Jones

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Young merchant Abdullah leads a humble life. Or he did until a stranger sold him a threadbare—and disagreeable—magic carpet. Now Abdullah is caught in the middle of his grand daydreams. Waking one night in a luxurious garden, he meets and falls instantly in love with the beautiful and clever Flower-in-the-Night. But a wicked djinn sweeps the princess away right before Abdullah’s eyes, leaving the young man no choice but to follow. This is no ordinary quest, however, for Flower-in-the-Night isn’t all the djinn has stolen. Abdullah will have the so-called help of the cantankerous carpet, a cranky genie in a bottle, a dishonest soldier, and a very opinionated black cat. Will this motley crew be able to find the djinn’s mysterious dwelling and rescue a castle full of princesses?   (plot written by Goodreads)

I absolutely loved this book its so cute and imaginative the imagery and story telling  really make you feel as thought your in the book .  I read Howls moving castle after seeing the animated movie a while back and that’s what got me into reading books written by Diana Wynne Jones .Castle in the air did not disappoint it kind of reminded me of Aladdin in a way because of the genie and the magic carpet but of course this has its own spin to it .I was looking for characters from Howls moving castle in this even though I know its not a sequel to the first book only a companion this book told its own story and I found Howl, Sophie and Calcifer were there all along I just didn’t know it so that made it so exciting .Any fans of Howls moving castle will love this book .I picked up the next book written by Diana wynne jones at the library when I checked out this book so I am excited to get started on that next . I give this  book 5 stars .